NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The state has released the expanded sites for COVID-19 vaccinations, including eight in Berkshire County.
Phase 2 of the vaccination rollout begins Monday, Feb. 1, by appointment. Currently there are three "mass vaccination" sites, including one in Springfield. There is expected to be 165 vaccination sites and seven mass vaccination locations by mid-February at public and private entities.
The first priority group in Phase 2 will be residents 75 and older who can begin to schedule vaccination appointments on Wednesday.
The locations in Berkshire County are, with links to online signup, the following:
All locations are open to eligible populations, including those who fall in the Phase 1 rollout and who have not yet received the vaccine.
The vaccines used are expected to be the Moderna and, for the larger sites at BCC, St. Elizabeth's and DuBois Middle School, the Pfizer vaccine, both of which require two shots a few weeks apart for full coverage.
Those who fall in the Phase 2 category, by priority, are:
Individuals 75 and older
Individuals 65 and older or anyone with two or more comorbidities
Early education and K-12 workers, transit, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health workers, and
Individuals with one comorbidity.
The exact date for each priority group to get the vaccine will depend on the vaccine supply from the federal government and the uptake and demand for vaccine appointments. Due to high demand and constrained vaccine supply, COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are limited.
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North Adams Vaccine Clinic Passes 16,000 Doses Given
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 16,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered through the Northern Berkshire vaccine clinic.
Board of Health Chairman John Meaney, who as general manager of Northern Berkshire EMS has been part of the group operating the clinic, said it wasn't clear how many North Adams residents that included.
As of last week, more than 5,000 residents in North Adams and Clarksburg had received at least one dose. The state tracks inoculations by ZIP code, which the city and town share, and may also include the town of Florida. The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative is open to any Massachusetts residents and those who work or attend school here but reside in other states.
The clinic has been able to administer double the number of doses when it first opened, with more than 1,500 per clinic last week. But the number is dependent on the doses the collaborative gets from the state.
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